Tuesday, June 8, 2010

YA review: Minder

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place. Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control. A stray thought can burn a building to the ground. And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey--especially once she meets the man of her dreams... (summary from Ganzfield website)

My thoughts...Suspenseful, enchanting, and romantic, Minder is a great start to an exciting new series.

Minder is an exciting debut YA novel from author Kate Kaynak.  In this first book, we meet some exciting characters including the heroine Maddie.  She is a smart girl who finds herself in some unpleasant situations.  Despite this, she finds her confidence quickly and takes charge of her life.  Maddie's character is very strong and memorable.  I liked her and found her believable and easy to relate to.  We meet several of her classmates who like Maddie have special abilities.  While she can read people's thoughts, others can start fires, move things with their minds, or even control the actions of others.  I found some of the characters lovable and others were just cruel.  All of the characters played a great role in the story.

The action in Minder kicked off in the first chapter.  The author did a brilliant job of setting the emotion for the book.  From there, the story transitions to her new home at the Ganzfield Institute.  While the pace does slow down a bit, readers learn about the institute, other residents, and their abilities.  Trouble is just around the bend for Maddie and her new friends.  The ending of the story left me on the edge of my seat.  Overall, Minder was a fun, face-paced read.

Minder offers something for everyone.  I think this book will be enjoyed by male or female readers.  There is a developing romance, which at times was a bit over the top and rushed for me, but I could feel the connection between the two characters. Younger audiences need to be aware of some violent situations and some heavy kissing scenes.  I am very eager to learn more about the characters, their abilities, and their upcoming adventures.  Book two, Adversary, is already on my wish list!

For more information about Minder and the Ganzfield series,  visit Kate Kaynak at her official website or the Ganzfield site.  Minder is available now, follow this link to order your copy from Amazon.